The Dodge Viper’s sales are struggling, but would a supercharged V10 help turn things around?
Rumor has it that the American automaker is working on a supercharged V10 engine for the struggling Viper that could have upwards of 800 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. With the introduction of the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models sporting a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI engine providing 707 hp, it’s no surprise that Dodge wants to up the ante for its flagship sports car.
But does it really make sense for the company to invest all that money into research and development for a model that has been failing to catch on in the market? Sources say that supercharged V10 engines have been delivered to Chrysler for testing purposes despite it making more sense for the company to find a way to get its Hellcat powerplant to work with the Viper. Perhaps the company wants bragging rights, eclipsing the 800-hp mark and trumping anything Chevrolet can throw its way in the form of a Corvette.
Either way, we recommend taking this rumor with a grain of salt – but one thing’s for sure, Dodge has to find a way to make its Viper relevant in today’s marketplace.
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